This week in Winning Post

Darren Weir's disqualification saw plenty of trainers get unexpected bonuses, none bigger than Rubick colt Yes Yes Yes, who'll represent Chris Waller in Saturday's Golden Slipper.

Yes Yes Yes was a convincing winner of the Todman Stakes, often a good Slipper guide, but he'll have plenty of stiff opposition in a typically wide-open Slipper.

The Slipper heads one of the best days on the Australian racing calendar, with the five-pronged Group 1 line-up also featuring Winx in the George Ryder and The Autumn Sun in the Rosehill Guineas.

Further south, Friday night sees Group 1 action at The Valley for the William Reid Stakes then it's Mornington Cup day, with a Caulfield Cup ticket on offer for the winner.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for The Valley night meeting, plus Terang and Albury during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Friday's other TAB meetings.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Mornington in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Avoca (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four TAB meetings including Country Championship Qualifier day at Muswellbrook. Plus we've got fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post March 23 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
The Valley (night), Terang, Albury
Mornington, Rosehill, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, Avoca (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sportsbet-Ballarat, Bairnsdale, Muswellbrook, Sunshine Coast
What should be the minimum handicap rating for entrants to the 2020 All-Star Mile?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Kembla Grange Friday - R7 N1 Pohutukawa 1st
The Valley Friday - R6 N3 Kemono 7th
Flemington Saturday - R7 N13 Zebulon 4th
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R7 N24 Pohutukawa SCR
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R8 N8 Atomic Lokade 7th
Letter of the Week

Don't go tinkering

Congratulations to the VRC on a very successful All-Star Mile — what a wonderful concept.
To hear the stories of the race ambassadors, many new to racing, and how they came to vote, once again proved that Australians love a battler.
I am proud to admit to being one of the 800 part-owners of Urban Ruler and felt no shame in his last placing, less than 10 lengths from the winner.
There was a lot of comment about the benchmark 70 and above criteria to get into the race but the relatively compressed finishing margins show that, as with humans, maybe horses also rise to the occasion.
The first five horses to finish had collectively amassed more than $13 million prior to the race and deserved to finish where they did on that alone.
However, when a horse like Happy Clapper, the winner of almost $4 million, one of the best milers in Australia and so often the bridesmaid to Winx, can only beat Urban Ruler by six lengths it really brings everything into perspective.
VRC, please don’t make this race another benefit for the so-called best of the best by tinkering with the rules too much.
Racing needs all the new blood it can get and this entry by voting obviously worked, judging by the crowd at Flemington.
As with this year, you can always bring in form horses via the four wildcards.
Keep up the good work.

Trevor Burr
Morpeth (NSW)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: